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(LYNCHING.) WELLS IDA B[ARNETT]. The Reconstruction Review. Voice of the Carpet Bagger. Volume 1. Charts in text. 48 pages. Tall 8vo, original printed tan wrappers; archival paper repair to cover at the spine; light stain at outer margin through text. Housed in a specially made quarter morocco clamshell box. Chicago: Anti-Lynching League, 1901
an exceedingly rare pamphlet "review" from ida b. wells anti-lynching bureau. Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (1862-1931), journalist, editor, suffragist, and sociologist, was the chairman of the Anti-Lynching League, the leading voice against lynching in America at the time. This "Review," largely written by her, not only addresses the violent injustice of Jim Crow America, but goes after the politicians that were acting deaf and dumb to the problem. It consists of a number of essays and articles with some statistical charts. From 1897 through 1901, the number of lynchings in America had been growing exponentially each year. In 1901 alone, there were 135 lynchings; in 6 of which the victims were burned alive. In her introduction, she writes "This is the first number of a series which the author intends to publish. It may be an annual, or a quarterly, or a monthly, as the support given shall permit." OCLC locates only two copies of this first issue, apparently all published. Wells was a member of the Niagara Movement with W.E.B. Du Bois, and fought tirelessly for Civil Rights till the end of her life.